Have a Routine for Breakfast and Lunch

Heart of Dakota Teaching Tip - Breakfast Lunch Routine

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Teaching Tip

This is the next installment in our series of posts about things to check if your school day seems to be running longer than you would like. I know this can happen to any of us, and hopefully these tips may help!

Tip #6:

Do you have an efficient breakfast, lunch, and chore routine?

Not having a set routine for meals can steal a huge amount of teaching time from your day! If meal time is always a big production, and it comes around three times a day…think how much valuable teaching time is lost while preparing meals! It is equally easy to have your time, focus, and joy stolen by a messy house and half-done chores. So, let’s talk about ways to conquer these time stealers.

In today’s tip, I will address the breakfast and lunch routine. Next week, we’ll talk about possible chore routines. You may also want to check out my previous post on Keeping a Similar Routine Each Day.

As you ponder an efficient breakfast and lunch routine, I will share what we currently do. Hopefully that will get you thinking of possibilities that might work at your house.

Having a set breakfast and lunch routine saves you time!

Through the years, we have changed what we eat for breakfast and lunch. One thing that has remained the same is to have a set breakfast and lunch routine Monday – Friday. I write the routine on paper and post it on our refrigerator in a magnetized plastic page protector. That way I can change the menu easily whenever I feel we need a change.

Having a posted breakfast and lunch menu helps you plan ahead.

You can easily use any rotation you desire for breakfast and lunch, but having the routine written and posted helps you plan ahead. It also means you have a routine shopping list for the bulk of your meals each week. Keeping the rotation the same each week allows you to become efficient at preparing those particular meals. As your children get used to the routine, they can look ahead and help you prepare the meals.

Our Current Breakfast Routine:

Monday: Pumpkin Pancakes (with cinnamon/sugar/Reddi-Wip) and Eggs
Tuesday: Yogurt Parfait (yogurt with granola, honey, berries) Toasted English Muffin (with butter and jelly)
Wednesday: Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Hashbrowns
Thursday: Whole Grain Eggo Waffles (spread with Nutella/cut up bananas/Reddi-Wip) and Applesauce
Friday: Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie and Toast with Peanut Butter

Our Current Lunch Routine:

Monday: Tortilla Chips, Shredded Cheese, Ground Beef, Salsa, Sour Cream, Corn, and Grapes
Tuesday: Ham n’ Cheese Croissants, Carrot Slices, Blackberries, and Gold Fish Crackers
Wednesday: Bagged Caesar Salad, Shredded Rotisserie Chicken, Apples (cut up with peanut butter), and Yogurt
Thursday: Tuna (open-faced on toast), Cheese Slices with Wheat Crackers, Craisins/Almonds, Grapes
Friday: Rotation of Frozen Pizza, Salmon, Pot Pies, Mac n’ cheese, Soup and Toast, Hot Dogs with Pears or Peaches and Go-gurt

Basic menus become an efficient part of your daily routine.

As you can see, our menus are pretty basic. Yet, we typically keep the same menu for quite awhile, because it has become an efficient part of our daily routine. Our boys actually look forward to certain days based on the menu. They go to bed at night saying, “Tomorrow we have pancakes for breakfast. I love Mondays!” Or, “Tomorrow is my favorite lunch!” Try developing your own rotation for breakfast and lunch and see what you think!


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6 thoughts on “Have a Routine for Breakfast and Lunch”

  1. Thank you so much for this post! I tried it this week with my two kiddos and YES they were saying, “I love Wednesday’s lunch!” etc. They are already looking forward to the same menu next week. On the plus side, it sure made it easy to keep the grocery list handy for the next week, and I can totally see how efficiency will be built in with the same menu items for awhile! I posted it on the refrigerator for the month of February, and will change it maybe in March??? I hope you will post your menu routines along the way…PLEASE…just another great thing from Heart of Dakota, which has been HEAVEN sent in keeping us moving along even in times of upsets. Heart of Dakota has kept our days sane and productive even with small needed “tweaks” for the past six years, and has made extremely independent learners out of my kiddos—now I can even focus on lunch routines etc! LOL!!!

  2. I appreciate what you are saying about letting schedules bless you, not confine you. I have been using them for over a decade, for school days, meals, and chores.
    I will confess that this post caused me to stumble, however. I only wish I could afford to eat meat 2-3 meals a day! I’d love to have these hardy meals, but the best I can offer is eggs for breakfast twice a week, and cereal and simple bagels the other days. Lunch is almost always a sandwich, unless we have leftovers. :S

  3. So true about making your meal schedules fit your budget! I definitely tweaked our weekly lunch planner to fit our eating likes and budget 🙂 I think the great thing about this post was that -for me personally- I have always made weekly menu plans BUT never tried keeping the same items on the lunch or breakfast plan for the month+ Also, I absolutely benefited from seeing ideas given that were useful to tweak around to fit our budget and taste buds too lol! Thank you Carrie for making parts of your personal homeschool routines “visible” knowing we can all pick and choose.

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